On Saturday, the University of Michigan opened its 2007 football season ranked #5 in the polls and with high hopes of winning the BCS championship. Their opponent in week one was Appalachian State, a division I-AA team who was supposed to be a creampuff. Michigan found out the hard way that the Mountaineers are a very good team. It's no mistake that they won the national championship two years in a row. The Wolverines, and the 107,000 people in "The Big House" left with their tail between their legs when the final seconds ticked off and App State had won 34-32.
Here's the highlights of the exciting conclusion:
Also, check out the full highlights, including all the scoring plays. App State is no joke. They sliced and diced their way through a Michigan defense that had no idea how to handle the spread offense.
Here's an awesome view from inside the big house, as filmed by an Appalachian State fan:
You get a good feel for how dead silent the stadium went.
Finally, be sure to check out this clip, which features the App State radio call. I love the reaction of the color commentator.
I don't have any direct connections to Appalachian State University. Just that they're from Boone, North Carolina and that they were the extreme underdog. Most of the kids on that team are from North Carolina, and very few of them were given even a look by Division I schools.
My friend Trish, who used to sit beside me at Hurricanes games is a professor at App State and a huge supporter of Mountaineer football. I know this is probably the second happiest day of her sports fan life. I think this might be bigger than winning the division I-AA national championship.
5 years ago